Blue Jays bol­ster play­off re­sume

Johns Hop­kins bounces back from loss to Ohio State

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Mike Pre­ston

No. 13 Johns Hop­kins wasn’t in play­off mode Saturday against No. 7 Penn State, but there was a sense of ur­gency. If the Blue Jays lost, they faced a tough climb to get back into the post­sea­son pic­ture.

The Blue Jays, though, built a six-goal lead early in the third quar­ter and added two goals in the fi­nal eight min­utes to hang on for a 13-11 win over Penn State be­fore an an­nounced 4,124 at Home­wood Field.

Hop­kins (7-4, 2-1 Big Ten) had trou­ble se­cur­ing the vic­tory, al­low­ing the Nit­tany Lions (10-2, 1-2) to pull within 12-11 on a goal by mid­fielder Dan Craig with 1:20 left in the game. But Hop­kins mid­fielder Joel Tin­ney scored an empty-net goal with 37 sec­onds re­main­ing to put away Penn State.

There was a sense of re­lief for Hop­kins, which had lost to No. 9 Ohio State, 13-9, nearly a week ago. The Blue Jays still have Michi­gan and No. 3 Mary­land left on their Big Ten reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule.

“A good team win, a re­ally im­por­tant win to come off that loss,” Hop­kins coach Dave Pi­etra­mala said. “To go 1-2 in the Big Ten wasn’t an op­tion for us this week. We put a lot into this game.”

Hop­kins got bal­anced scor­ing, as at­tack­man Shack Stan­wick fin­ished with three goals and two as­sists, and at­tack­men Forry Smith, Tin­ney and fel­low mid­field­ers Cody Radziewicz and Pa­trick Fraser each had two goals.

How­ever, this game was more about hus­tle and de­sire than scor­ing. Johns Hop­kins out­shot Penn State 44-29, held a 38-24 ad­van­tage in ground balls and won 19 of 28 face­offs.

Ex­cept for the three straight goals al­lowed to open the fourth quar­ter, Hop­kins played a strong game.

“We talked about pos­ses­sion all week,” Pi­etra­mala said. “In our last game, we got out-pos­sessed by 12 min­utes and 35 sec­onds. It’s aw­ful hard for the of­fense to get into rhythm. De­fen­sively, you wear down, you get tired and have men­tal er­rors. So we talked a lot about that this week, and our play at the face­off X was not up to our stan­dards. I thought our unit [Saturday] was out­stand­ing.

“Of­fen­sively, I loved how we shared the ball, moved it. We left some stuff on the table. Early on, we had good looks with a lot of shots, but to his credit, he stole a cou­ple and played well in the goal.”

Penn State goalie Colby Kneese, who fin­ished with 15 saves, played well enough for the Nit­tany Lions to keep hang­ing in the game. Then early in the fourth quar­ter, in part be­cause of some Blue Jays turnovers, Penn State made a run. At­tack­man Grant Ament scored off a fast break nine sec­onds into the fourth, fol­lowed by a 20-yard high, hard shot from mid­fielder Mike Sut­ton about four min­utes later.

Sut­ton scored from just out­side the crease with 5:27 left in the game to cut Hop­kins’ lead to 12-10, and Craig got the Nit­tany Lions within one about four min­utes later.

But the Blue Jays keep com­ing up with key goals. Stan­wick de­liv­ered a great pass to Smith for a goal mid­way through the fourth quar­ter to break the Nit­tany Lions’ three goal run, and then Tin­ney rolled in a goal from about 20 yards when Kneese came out to dou­ble the ball.

“When a goalie is play­ing like that, you just have to keep shoot­ing at the right spots,” Stan­wick said.

Stan­wick (Boys’ Latin) had all three of his goals in the first half. Penn State Johns Hop­kins Goals: PS—Ament 2, Craig 2, Florence 2, Sut­ton 2, Keenan, O’Keefe, Spil­lane; JH—Stan­wick 3, Fraser 2, Smith 2, Radziewicz 2, Tin­ney 2, Craw­ley, Marr. As­sists: PS—Aponte 4, Ament 3, Keenan, O’Keefe; JH—Marr 3, Stan­wick 2, Kuhn, Smith. Saves: PS—Kneese 15; JH— Turn­baugh 7.

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